The Microsoft Flight Simulator team has updated their blog with the latest news, which primarily focuses on the development roadmap for the next few weeks. Furthermore, the team provided a few other bits of clarity on the first tech-alpha application process.
Starting with the tech-alpha news re-cap, the first confirmed that the registration for the first round has now closed. Starting yesterday, and continuing through to the 24th October, successful applicants will receive an email. From the 24th, that’s when access will be provided to those successful. It’s worth noting that during the application process, users were told that they would likely have to sign an NDA, so don’t expect a flurry of video/imagery soon after that date and users will likely have to keep quiet about their involvement.
As for the development roadmap (DR), a few new items were revealed which should generate even more information than before. On October 24th, we will see the second in the discovery feature series. This time focusing on the sky. After that, the next biggest updates will follow in mid-November, which will see aerodynamics discussed, and also see the start of the “Partnership Announcement Series.” November will conclude with the final episode in their discovery series focusing on cockpits. In December, we will see more of the feedback snapshot information, along with general media updates. You can see the full DR below.
Finally, a statement from Microsoft was issued expressing their gratitude towards the fans for their overwhelming support since last week’s discovery series preview feature.
“On behalf of the entire Microsoft Flight Simulator Team, we’d like to express our sincere appreciation to the community for all the valuable feedback we’ve received from the community on the first episode of the Feature Discovery Series. Though this is only our first step in our collaboration with you, the importance of this step to the team cannot be overstated. For all the feedback, all the effort spent writing comments, asking questions, daring to hold out hope when the past has been littered with unmet expectations. We hear you, and we are going to do our best to keep building this experience with you. In the meantime, thank you. It’s been a great boost to the team reading all the feedback from Lionel’s presentation on the world we’re building, which is big, in case you missed that.”
If you missed it, you can watch a 9-minute video on the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator, which highlights many of the new features coming to the simulator. Finally, be sure to check out our hands-on impressions with the pre-alpha demo or find out more about what the developers had to say in our video interviews.